Highly respected and loved by parents, students and colleagues, Jonathan Barr has been teaching at Timothy for 19 years now. Teaching 12th Grade Worldview Studies, 11th Grade New Testament Survey and coaching debate, Mr. Barr continually challenges students to know what they believe, defend their beliefs and be attentive and sensitive when listening to and learning about the beliefs of others.
Mr. Barr is married to a TCS alumna and their son is now in first grade at TCS!
Read more about Mr. Barr’s experience and thoughts on TCS.
What do you love most about TCS?
The community. The commitment to Scripture. The values of the families I work for.
Why did you choose to teach at TCS?
I was deeply influenced by my HS teacher. At age 27, I realized that in order to be fulfilled in my occupation, I had to commit to ministry. I felt the pleasure of the Lord professionally in a way, I had not before.
What is one word that best describes the school? Why?
Truth. Our parents and teachers are committed to living lives governed by Scripture. As a Christian, Scripture is the only reliable and infallible guide to how we ought to live. In the world we live, it is easy to compromise and focus on pursuit of affluence and the acquisition of more stuff. TCS provides a check on these short-sighted motivations. I truly have the chance to teach for eternity.
How are faith and learning integrated at TCS?
In secondary school, a student has the opportunity to learn doctrine, theology, Church history, and the teachings of Jesus in a way, which they may not elsewhere. Additionally, Biblical truth is foundational to other academic disciplines.
In what ways are you preparing students for life beyond TCS?
I want them to understand the culture in which they live. I want them to grapple with how a genuine Christian should respond to the many changes that are occurring in our society. Even if they choose to not follow Jesus, I desire that they have a clear comprehension of what Jesus offers, and what He asks of us.
What would you tell families to encourage them to send their children at TCS?
I have chosen to enroll my own son at TCS. I am deeply familiar with the staff and the culture. I have very high expectations for my son’s education. I want him to have constant exposure to men and women of character and faith. I know that those needs will be met and even exceeded during his time at TCS.